It’s hard to escape the propaganda in today’s culture that claims women need abortions to succeed.
The messaging is everywhere from Congress to supposedly “unbiased” mainstream news outlets, in entertainment and on the local street corner. If women don’t have abortions, they’ll be poor, they’ll suffer. They won’t be able to achieve their goals.
But this pro-abortion thinking really puts money first, and women’s and children’s lives second.
In an article this week at Vox, writer Rani Molla claimed there is “decades of research on how abortion bans hurt women,” both personally and professionally. And if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and allows states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, the results would be disastrous.
It would affect “a woman’s likelihood to work at all, what type of job she takes, how much education she receives, how much money she makes, and even the hopes and dreams she has for herself. In turn, her career affects nearly all other aspects of her life, from her likelihood to live in poverty to her view of herself.
“And taking away the ability to make that decision stands to upend decades of progress women have made in the workforce, which has cascading effects on women’s place in society,” Molla continued.
The claim has many problems, first and foremost being the pitting of a mother against her own child. This thinking has led to the deaths of more than 63 million children to abortion since 1973. Plus the countless grieving mothers who later came to regret their “choice.”
But it is disturbing for other reasons, too.
It is interesting that the same people who accuse pro-lifers of wanting to “force” women to give birth and “control” their bodies seem to treat women as mere laborers, money-makers, cogs in the economic machine. As if their role in the workforce is more important than anything else.
Molla’s article cited The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which “estimated that state-level [abortion] restrictions have cost those economies $105 billion a year in reduced labor force participation, reduced earnings, increased turnover, and time off among prime working-age women.”
Of course, financial stability and career goals are important, but they are not the only things – or the biggest things – that make life fulfilling. For men and women both, having children is one of the most meaningful and vital decisions of their lives.
Children teach parents to think beyond themselves, to sacrifice and work for a better future, and, as time goes on, children return to care for their aging parents when they can no longer care for themselves. It is a system of love, stability and true progress.
But now it seems that both women and children are being thought of in terms of dollar signs – how much labor can a woman contribute to the economy, and how great an expense is a child early in life, both to the mother personally and to the economy through the loss of the mother’s labor.
This picture misses so much. The joy, the bond between a mother and child, and the future benefits – socially and economically – of that child for society. It ignores how many women want children to be their highest priority, not their careers, and how many fathers and mothers make financial sacrifices because they realize that children are more important than trips across the world or sports cars or vacation homes.
Evidence of this actually can be found in a study often cited to support the claim that women need abortions to thrive. It’s called the Turnaway Study, and it followed women who sought abortions but were “turned away” for various reasons.
According to Vox, the study, conducted by pro-abortion researchers, “found that women who were unable to get a desired abortion were significantly less likely to have one-year goals related to employment than those who did.”
But another finding from that same study – which almost always gets ignored – is that 96 percent of women who did not abort their unborn babies later no longer wished that they had had abortions. In other words, these mothers may not have been as financially well-off as women who aborted their babies, but they found joy in their children. They had no regrets about choosing life.
Our self-centered, money obsessed culture has lost its way. The pro-abortion culture measures the worth of women and children in terms of money and labor contributions, rather than recognize their value as unique and irreplaceable human beings.